The governor of Abia state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has given scholarship to 17 students who were among those who came first from the state after the West African School Certificate Examination [WASCE] results was released.
The 17 students who are to come from each of the from the 17 local government areas of the state are part of the ways the governor is using to encourage students and teachers to ensure better performance in this years’ examination.
The governor’s gesture was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary [CPS] Enyinnaya Appolos, saying that Ikpeazu is congratulating students and teachers in the state over the ranking of the state as the number one state in the May/June 2015 WASSCE result as released by the examination body.
Appolos said that the scholarship is for the students to study in any university of their choice within the country, “In recognition of the excellent performance of the schools and students in the state’s school system”.
He said, “Governor Ikpeazu has approved the award of tertiary education scholarship to the best students after the release of the WASCE results from each of the 17 local government areas of the state to study in any Nigerian tertiary institution”.
The CPS said that the governor explained that the scholarship will not end with the students who did well in last year’s examination results released by WASSCE, “Those who will do well in this year’s and other years examination will also receive the same gesture”.
The CPS said that the governor has directed the Commissioner for Education, Professor Ikechi Mgboji, to forward to him the list of the best student from each LGA of the state in the 2015 WASCE examination results to enable him receive them and give them their scholarship documents.
Appolos said that the governor has challenged the Commissioner, teachers and students in the state to ensure that the state maintains this top position in the education sector.
He said that the governor has promised that he will do everything possible to ensure much more improved students and teachers welfare that will enhance the performance of Abia students in future examinations.
The Nation recalls that West African Examination Council [WAEC] recently released details of the performance of students by state and Abia State came first as the best performing state, while 35 other states and Abuja queued behind.
Abia State has consistently maintained top position in the WASSCE performance chart in the past five years and the present administration is determined to ensure that it sustains the trend.
In results released for 2014 and 2013 Abia came second behind Anambra State but has now overtaken Anambra state as the overall best and 1st in the WASSCE performance chart for 2015 examinations.
The State topped the chart with 33, 762 of its 52, 801 candidates, scoring 63.94 per cent in the results released by the WASSCE for the year 2015 academic year.
It will also be recalled that Ikpeazu during this year’s children’s day celebration donated 3 Toyota Camry cars to the best primary teachers from each senatorial zone of the state as part of the ways to encourage them.